I have always loved writing, and now that I am retired I thought I would be able to find time to write, but it seems that I still manage to fill my days with activities. I have however found that while I travel, I enjoy writing about some of the interesting things we do. I hope you enjoy reading of our adventures as much as I like writing about them.
Wednesday, October 9, 2013
Vancouver, City of the Commute
Coming to a city like Vancouver, you
learn to appreciate living in Nova Scotia. We worked in schools that
were located in the suburbs while we lived in Dartmouth, so we were
generally going against traffic going to work and coming home
afterwards. My favorite was the year I worked out in Sackville. I
would leave the house, head towards halifax, but turn off towards
Bedford before hitting the traffic to Halifax. I would then head up
the Magazine Hill all alone on the road facing a solid line of
traffic on their way downtown. Coming home was the same, I'd leave the school, take the
exit to the highway, and see a steady stream of people coming out of
the city on their way home. No traffic jams, no waits, no frustration
– it was great!
I recall being out here in Vancouver on
another visit and was amazed at how much commuting was involved in
living here, but this time we really noticed it. I think it was
because there was so much construction and our friend picked us up
from the airport and warned us about the interruptions and traffic
delays all the way home. So, in between catching up on things, we
were told about all the commuting horror stories. It was worse for
them, because they just recently moved back out to the suburbs from
an apartment right down-town. When they lived downtown there was no
commute, and so the hour long daily drive which was just part of
living in Vancouver before was suddenly a real pain in the butt!
Easy Commute - Water Taxi !
It is probably more obvious with people
like our friends who commute all the time. They know all the problem
areas and the short-cuts. It's on the freeway, off at this exit, down
this back road, back onto the highway, avoid the bridge, through
this short-cut, don't forget the construction on this section. I
could never have duplicated the complicated route from their house to
downtown Vancouver. We did get to see lots of British Columbia
scenery on the way however.
"I don't do commute - I fly"
Now everything about the commuting
wasn't negative. There is the entertainment value. Our friends do not
always commute together, so have developed their own unique routes to
minimize their commute. As a result there was a fair amount of; “Why
are you going this way?”, Where are you going NOW?”, “Don't
take this exit, it's a mess!”, AAAAH, didn't you remember all the
roadwork down this road?”